I Am Not Joking
The Times is super into this new musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson–it’s “rowdy, dopey and devastatingly shrewd,” writes Ben Brantley.
What does this mean? I don’t know, but I’ve been sitting on a Teddy Roosevelt musical for the last six years! Get ready for “The Badlands of My Heart,” America!
When the 2009 Pulitzer Prizewinners were announced at on Monday at Columbia University, Jon Meacham was far from New York at another institute for higher learning. The Newsweek editor and Andrew Jackson biographer was at a board meeting at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, when his BlackBerry “lit Read More
American Lion: Andrew
Jackson in the White House
By Jon Meacham
Random House, 512 pages, $30
Following Barack Obama’s victory on Nov. 4, a prominent conservative wrote, “[He] will now bestride the political stage as largely as did Reagan.” It was, in most parts, a compliment, though the allusion to the Read More
I knew that one day I’d be reading in the paper about Arthur’s death, but never really believed it. He was too intensely, happily alive—too energetic. The consummate New Yorker, he was a man about town even as he began to fail physically in the final months. Those of us who were lucky enough to Read More
At first glance, Jean Lafitte might seem like just another pleasant midtown restaurant for a business lunch; in other words, exactly the sort of place its namesake wouldn’t be caught dead in. Lafitte was a pirate, more at home crossing swords on the deck of a frigate than discussing book contracts over a bottle of Read More